Ramone Reviews: The Babadook
Finally! A horror movie that doesn't rely on found footage material, cheap scares, or strapping a person to a gurney and performing surgery without anesthesia. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against found footage movies about people being hacked to pieces, but it's nice and refreshing to have an original idea every now and then.
Set in Australia, The Babadook is about a single mother named Amelia who is still mourning the loss of her husband who was killed taking her to the hospital to give birth to her incredibly obnoxious son, Sam. I get it, Sam is growing up without a father so he has issues, but sonuva bitch, this kid is freaking annoying.
Anyways, Sam and Amelia have trouble sleeping at night, and now they really can't sleep because Sam finds a book called Mister Babadook that he makes Amelia read to him one night. Is the Babadook a real boogie man, or something that insomnia-stricken Amelia and Sam have imagined?
Of course, the Babadook now stalks Sam and Amelia and starts to ruin their lives. But again, is the Babadook real, or something that Amelia and Sam have created?
I quite enjoyed this, and like I said at the beginning of the this incoherent rambling, it's fresh and original. The Exorcist director William Friedkin praised The Babadook on Twitter, putting it up there with movies like Psycho and Alien. Now, this is coming from the director of The Exorcist, which is considered the scariest movie of all time, so that's saying something!
The Babadook is currently streaming on Netflix, and if you love being scared, then check this out. I enjoyed it enough where I plan on giving it a second viewing in the near future. So, put your diapers on and remember, you can't escape the Babadook!